Charlotte Lankard: Being 'old' is OK

Senior adult readers tell of full, enriching lives.
By CHARLOTTE LANKARD, For The Oklahoman Published: June 17, 2014
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Delores Walker, age 75, tells the story of a 4-year-old who looked up at her and said, “Are you old?” As his mother gasped, Delores knelt down beside him and said, “Well, yes, I am.” He asked, “How come?” To which she replied, “Because I’ve lived a long time.” The little boy smiled and said, “OK.”

And — IT IS OK! — readers tell me.

Phil Carson says he gets up in the morning, thanks the Lord for a good life and proceeds to have a great day — every day.

Peggy Heller, a petroleum land man, says she is 78 and not only working, but working harder and being busier than she has ever been.

Lea Anderson observes the younger generation appears to be fearful of growing older, and she believes this can cause hopelessness in an already high-pressure existence to succeed and remain “beautiful.” She wrote, “Yes, we would prefer lovely, tight, clear skin, BUT some of us would not exchange that for the peace and wisdom of our age!”

Georgiana Stewart and her friend Marge are the classmates who organize their high school reunions. “Though many of us are challenged with health problems and aging, we just keep returning to have that wonderful feeling of seeing old friends again.” They will celebrate their 58th this September.